Msgr. John Strynkowski, Rector of the St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn, honored us by con-celebrating Melanie Delesalle’s final commitment Mass at the ICCC.
“In the midst of the routine of daily pastoral life, there are extraordinary moments of Church life that remain memorable for a long time. Such a moment for me was September 17, the day of Melanie Delesalle’s final commitment as a Lay Consecrated within the Heart’s Home Movement.
There was a chilly breeze from time to time that day in the hills of Woodbourne, but under the tent where we gathered for the Eucharist and Melanie’s promises, there was the warm, life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit, evident in the eloquent homily given by Fr. Thierry, the joy on Melanie’s face as she made her commitment, and in the prayerful spirit with which the entire assembly participated in the Mass, especially through song.
The presence of the Holy Spirit continued to be manifested in the hospitality extended to us by all the members of Heart’s Home, by the wonderful conversations among friends, and by the fellowship of the abundant lunch offered to us.
I continue to cherish and savor the memory of that day. I am grateful to have experienced such a Spirit-filled moment in the life of the Church, a moment of great faith, hope and love.”
Msgr. John Strynkowski
St. James Cathedral Basilica, Brooklyn